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Happy Easter

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In observance of the upcoming holiday weekend, the Clubs will operate as follows:

East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park
Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4: Regular Club Hours
Sunday, April 5: 7 am – 3 pm

Halsted Street, Old Town, South Loop, Union Station, West Loop
Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4: Regular Club Hours
Sunday, April 5: 8 am – 3 pm

Thank you and happy Easter!

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Spring Running Club

Spring-Training-Best-chicago-gym-running-marathon-training-clubJoin the FFC Running Club to prepare for the Shamrock Shuffle, Soldier Field 10 Miler, and Chicago Spring Half Marathon! This 9-week training program runs March 23 – May 23 for $80 per month. As a member of the club, you can look forward to:

  • Entry into RunMonster 1-Mile and Indoor 5k races!
  • Long runs 8 am Sundays at FFC South Loop
  • Track runs 6 pm Thursdays at FFC Gold Coast
  • High Intensity Interval Training at FFC Lincoln Park’s Performance Training Center
  • Pre- and post-race team gatherings
  • Team social events and fun runs

Contact Coaches Chris and Cassidy at endurance@ffc.com with questions and to sign up.

 

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March is National Nutrition Month

National-Nutrition-Month-best-chicago-gym-club-weight-lossWhile fueling your body with peak nutrition should be a year-round event, this month it’s even more important. Why? March is National Nutrition Month! Use this month to set healthy habits that you can continue year round. Avoid ups and downs with “fad diets” and simply provide your body with the nutrients it wants. Follow the guidelines in our January article and check on what you still need to adhere to. Also, add in these healthy habits to improve your nutrition and health from head to toe:

Fuel Your Mind: A diet that encourages blood flow to the brain will increase brain function and memory. The brain is made up of many lipids, including the omega 3 fatty acids – and consuming these will make sure our mind stays at peak performance.

How to add it to your day: Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna, and walnuts are two foods that contain high amounts of omega 3’s. Enjoy a spinach salad with grilled salmon and chopped walnuts for great brain benefits.

Make Your Skin Glow: Eating a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables will provide you with antioxidants to improve your skin. Lycopene, the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color, especially improved skin cellular function and defends our skin against aging and UV damage.

How to add it to your day: Snack on grape tomatoes with hummus, or saute them as a side dish to receive the benefits of lycopene. Don’t like the taste of tomatoes? Hide chopped Roma tomatoes in your fruit smoothie!

Strong Bones, Strong Body: Avoid broken bones, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis by taking care of yourself and consuming 3 servings per day of dairy. If you are unable to consume dairy, try adding these other foods that are high in calcium and iron: canned fish with soft bones such as anchovies, salmon, and sardines, and green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, mustard greens and bok choy.

How to add it to your day: Plain Greek yogurt makes for a great high protein snack. Dairy-free choice: kale and spinach both taste delicious sauteed with garlic and lemon juice.

Help Your Nails and Hair Grow: Biotin is a B vitamin found in mushrooms, fatty fish, avocado, eggs, sunflower seeds, and many other foods. Along with protein, when we don’t get enough biotin in our diet, it can leave our hair and nails in poor condition.

How to add it to your day: Try this healthy, filling, and strengthening breakfast! Whole grain toast, avocado slices, and smoked salmon.

Blog courtesy of Amy Silver, RD. Get in touch with Amy at asilver@ffc.com.

Looking to further your nutrition benefits to other parts of your body during National Nutrition Month? Ask your Registered Dietitian for more ideas specific to your needs!

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FREE Injury Screenings

8-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyWhether you have a persistent joint pain or an aching muscle that won’t go away, there’s never a wrong time to see a physical therapist. NovaCare is located inside seven of our club locations, and are always happy to take a look. Here is March’s schedule of in-club visits. They’re coming to you!

FFC Lincoln Park:  Tuesday, March 3, 5-7pm
FFC South Loop: Saturday, March 7, 10 am – 12 pm
FFC Oak Park: Monday, March 9, 4-6pm
FFC Halsted Street:Tuesday, March 17, 5:30-7:30pm
FFC Union Station: Wednesday, March 25,12-2pm
FFC West Loop: Wednesday, March 25  4-6pm
FFC East Lakeview: Tuesday, March 31, 5-7pm

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Coming Soon!

Pilates-studio-best-chicagoDo you feel like something’s missing from your workout routine? Join us to uncover the key ingredients of a solid fitness foundation!

In this 4-part lecture series*, we will discuss posture, core strength, breathing and flexibility. Learn how a lack of practice and understanding of these crucial fundamentals could be holding you back from achieving optimal performance, not only in athletics, but also in your daily life.

*All lectures will take place at 2 pm in Group Exercise Studio 1

Saturday, April 4: Posture and Core Strength
Sunday, April 12: Breathing
Saturday, April 18: Flexibility
Sunday, April 26: Achieving Optimal Performance

Registration is not required, but encouraged for FFC Members. Non-members are welcome, but guests must pre-register prior to the lecture. All classes will fill on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information or to register, please contact the Pilates Coordinator, Rachel Sutter, at rsutter@ffc.com.

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Women’s Boot Camp

Bootcamp-best-chicago-crossfit-gym-clubLadies, even though it doesn’t seem like it will ever get here, summer is on its way! Get in your best shape yet with a boot camp designed especially for you! Choose a four-week camp once or twice a week. $120 once per week, $215 twice per week.

  • Wednesdays, 7-8 pm
  • Sundays, 11 am – 12 pm

Contact Caitlin with questions or to register at cakey@ffc.com.

 

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Whirlpool Construction

Construction-best-chicago-gym-clubThe whirlpool is closed due to major structural issues. Because of the scope of this issue, we have hired an architectural firm to completely redesign the whirlpool. We have submitted these plans to the Illinois Department of Public Health and are awaiting a permit before we can begin the work. Because this approval is done by the State of Illinois, the timeline of completing this project is out of our hands. However, as soon as the permit is obtained, work will begin to not only make it operational again, but also to make several improvements to the whirlpool. Thank you for your patience while we work to fix this issue!

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March SCUBA Certification

9-best-gym-Scuba-certificationHave you ever dreamed of swimming alongside the beautiful, exotic aquatic life in the crystal blue waters of the continental coasts (or anywhere, for that matter)? Dive into your deepest adventurous desires and get SCUBA certified!

Guaranteed to provide the utmost safety and success of your dive training experience, Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools, rated Number One SCUBA training agency in the Midwest, organize and guide fundamental dive training during various sessions throughout the year.

All individuals considering enrollment must attend a complimentary orientation*, then complete your basic skills course**.

*Orientation from 6-7:30 pm

  • Tuesday, March 10 at FFC Oak Park
  • Monday, March 16 at FFC Halsted Street
  • Wednesday, March 18 at FFC Union Station
  • Thursday, March 19 at FFC Lincoln Park

**Basic Skills Course

  • FFC Oak Park: Sunday, March 15, 8 am – 5 pm
  • FFC Union Station: Saturday, March 21, 7:30 am – 4 pm

For more information, or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com. Special scheduling can be accommodated. Additional fees apply for open water dives and equipment. Non-members welcome!

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Join Team Bright Pink

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Looking for a reason to run in 2015? Join Team Bright Pink for this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon and we’ll help you reach your goal while fundraising to fuel Bright Pink’s life-saving breast and ovarian health programs.

The professional marathon training coaches at FFC will lead you through a FREE, 18-week training program complete with seminars on stretching, injury prevention and nutrition, to name a few. Join us for fun runs and social hours, connect with other runners on our Team Bright Pink Facebook page and celebrate your incredible accomplishment with our pre-race Pasta Party and post-race Celebration Party for friends and family. The more the merrier!

Just think how great it will feel to cross that finish line knowing you not only accomplished a personal goal, but also helped to empower a generation of women to be their own best health advocates!

Don’t be the one to miss out! Spaces are limited. For further information, contact Wendy at wendy@brightpink.org.

 

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Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s

Heart-health-month-best-chicago-gym-club-studioThis Valentine’s Day, as we celebrate American Heart Month, we want you to think beyond the heart-shaped boxes filled with delectable chocolatey candy treats, over-sized stuffed creatures, and whether or not you have a date (Chicago does seem to have some great singles events on the calendar)…

According to the National Health Institute, coronary heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S. But that’s not meant to bring you down! We want you to be your healthiest and happiest, not just for Cupid’s Day, but every day, so we’ve compiled some tips. Please take them to heart…

Try these tips from the American Heart Association to stay heart healthy by managing stress:

    • Get physical – That’s right. The leading authority on heart health says to get to the gym. Better do it! We know of a good one if you need some ideas…
    • Let go of bad habits – From smoking to over worrying, there’s no time like the present to start fresh.
    • Slow down – Life ain’t a track meet. It’s a marathon. Pace, don’t race.
    • Laugh - Check out Second City. Watch a funny movie. Push someone down (just kidding… but I’ll bet that made you laugh).
    • Sleep - No brainer. Make the time.
    • Get organized – Declutter your mind by cleaning out your inbox, your closet, your fridge. Whatever keeps you up at night.
    • Relax - Deep breaths, my friend. Let go of what you can’t change. It will all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.
    • Find pleasure in your everyday life – The sun. White snow. Your family. That donut… Just kidding again!

 

 

Get fit. Union Station Fitness Director, Josh, knows how important this tip is. The heart is a muscle, so it needs to be worked like the rest of them! Cardio, strength training and stretching all improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and stress, and revving up feel-good hormones, helping keep your mood light and your mind clear:

  • Cardio - Walk on the treadmill at an incline if you’re new to exercising, or take it a step further by joining a running club or Spin class
  • Strength - Basic sit-ups, push-ups and body-weight squats are good for beginners, but you can kick it up a notch with a HIIT class or boot camp
  • Stretch: If you’re not Gumby, get in the habit of stretching in the morning or before bed. When you’re comfortable, take up a yoga or Pilates class (which have benefits all their own!)

Yoga and Pilates are good for your body, mind and spirit by helping you gain balance and focus.

    • You’ll live longer – Standing on your head reverses blood flow to the brain, giving you a boost while restoring energy to keep you young!
    • Your risk for diseases (like heart!) decrease – Meditating, focusing on your breath, staying in the moment, all help to relieve stress. Let it all go!
    • Bye bye back pain – Stretching and strengthening your back muscles help to keep you upright with no tweaks. (Listen to your body in class, and don’t overdo if you’re not comfortable)
    • Be happy – Practicing yoga releases serotonin, the “happy” hormone, which also regulates appetite, mood and sleep.
    • Let if flow - Circulation and respiration both improve as you learn to lower your respiratory rate. Better oxygen and blood flow means happy, healthy organs.
    • Yeah baby! – Women who stay fit throughout pregnancy tend to have leaner, healthier, calmer babies.

 

 

You might plan to spend the day with your two greatest loves: and one of them will be food. Registered dietitian, Jessica, suggests sticking to the following to keep your ticker in tip-top shape!

  • Salmon - Salmon contains EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Eat two servings a week to reap the benefits of lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
  • Nuts - In addition to protein, the unsaturated fats found in tree nuts lower the bad cholesterol while boosting the good. An ounce of nuts a day helps relax blood vessels and ease blood flow.
  • Apples - An apple a day keeps the doctor, and heart disease, away! The soluble fiber lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Beans - Besides protein, beans pack a punch in folate, which reduces risk of heart disease.
  • Dark chocolate – Yay chocolate! The flavonoids found in cacao contain magnesium, which is essential for normal heart function.
  • Superstitious? Kick your Valentine’s night into high gear with Maca root, honey, avocado, curry, ginger and parsley! Ask Jessica why at jdogert@ffc.com.

Just because you can have chocolate doesn’t mean you should go overboard… Remember, everything in moderation! Check out Registered Dietitian, Carla’s, nutrition blog for more heart-healthy tips!
Blog courtesy of Allie Kuopus, Social Media and Communications Manager. Contact Allie at akuopus@ffc.com.

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5 Tips for a Heart Healthy Valentine’s

Nutrition-Healthy-heart-best-chicago-gym-club-weight-lossNot only is February the month of love, but it is also American Heart Month. With Valentine’s Day being the candy layover between the winter holidays and Easter, the desire to sugar binge and candy horde is only natural, which makes reconciling Valentine’s Day and healthy Heart Month a difficult task indeed.

1. Whole-grain breakfast: Try cutting out a heart-shaped whole-grain piece of toast or waffle, then top with vanilla Greek yogurt, sliced strawberries and cinnamon.
Heart healthy tip: The fiber in whole grains helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and may reduce your risk for heart disease.

2. Get physical: Couples and families that play together, stay (healthy) together!  Get out and find fun physical activities to share with your loved one(s) such as building a snowman, going skiing or ice skating, and working out.
Heart healthy tip: The American Heart Association recommends that you strive to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day as part of a heart healthy lifestyle.

3. Be Nutty: What better way is there to let someone know that you’re crazy about them than attaching an “I’m nuts for you!” note on a snack bag of mixed nuts? It’s a great way to say something sweet and give your Valentine a healthy treat.
Heart healthy tip: Not only are nuts packed with protein, they are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids may help to decrease the risk of arrhythmias, lower triglyceride levels and slow the growth of atherosclerotic plaques.

4. Sweets for your sweetie: When choosing sweets, opt for a piece of minimally processed dark chocolate.
Heart healthy tip: Cocoa contains compounds called flavonoids that have antioxidant properties. Research has shown that flavonoids may have a beneficial impact on vascular health by improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Heart healthy tip follow-up: While the flavonoids in cocoa may be beneficial for heart health, excessive fat and sugar consumption can lead to weight gain, which is certainly not heart healthy! To strike a healthy balance, limit chocolate intake to moderate portions (about 1 oz.) several times a week.

5. Fantastically Fruity Snacks: Let your Valentine know that “I’m bananas for you” or that they are “the apple of your eye” because you guys “make such a great pear.” Sounds “plum perfect” to me!
Heart healthy tip: Fruits are jam-packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, which studies have shown can work to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure as well as reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries.

Blog courtesy of Carla Schmitz, MS, RDN, LDN. Contact Carla at cschmitz@ffc.com.

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Chicago Sport and Social Club Leagues

Chicago-Sports-Social-Club-Spring-Leagues-best-ymYou’ve been working hard to stay fit all winter. It’s almost time to show off what you’re made of, on the court, on the field or even in a giant plastic bubble!

We are excited to announce that Fitness Formula Clubs is the official 2015 health club sponsor of the Chicago Sport and Social Club! CSSC is the largest organizer of adult sports leagues, social events and tournaments, where 100,000 active, affluent, and connected young professionals play hard and have a lot of fun.

CSSC spring league registration opens this month, so be the first to claim your spot in one of your favorite sports: Indoor VolleyballIndoor SoccerOutdoor SoccerBasketballFootballFloor HockeySoftballKickballBowlingDodgeballBar GamesBubble Ball. Team and individual registrations are available. So sign up soon to meet your new best friends!

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Live to Wynn Lifetime Series

live-to-wynn-best-chicago-gym-club-weight-lossFitness Formula Clubs is the proud sponsor of the Live To Wynn Lifestyle Series. The Art of Sophisticated Living event will take place at Park Hyatt Chicago on Sunday, March 8. This life-changing and opulent experience was created for men and women who desire to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. Participants will learn from the best in the fitness, culinary, wellness and skincare industries how to make themselves a top priority in 2015. Register today and save $24 if you sign up by February 23!

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Team to End AIDS

t2-ffc-triathlon-training-best-chicago-gym-clubCross the finish line to help AIDS Foundation of Chicago provide housing, care and advocacy for the 43,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Illinois. T2’s innovative coaching program will support you every step, pedal or stroke of the way as you train to finish the race of your lifetime – and raise funds to make a difference in Chicago and across the nation.

Your victory is their victory. Join the T2 family today.

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FREE Injury Screenings

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There are plenty of reasons to see a physical therapist, even if you don’t think you need to. Whether you have a full-blown injury that keeps you out of the gym, or a persistent pain that you’d like to see gone, come to one of the following free screenings, where NovaCare’s expert staff will tell you what’s what.

FFC Lincoln Park: Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7 pm
FFC South Loop: Monday, Feb. 9, 5-7 pm
FFC Oak Park: Monday, Feb. 9, 5-7 pm
FFC Halsted Street: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30 pm
FFC East Lakeview: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5-7 pm
FFC Union Station: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12-2 pm
FFC West Loop: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4-6 pm

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Dance Your Heart Out

dance-your-heart-best-chicago-group-fitness-exercise-class-gym-clubGroup Fitness Manager extraordinaire, Lois, has put together a special dance class we hope everyone will try! You are welcome to come to any class at any club, even if it’s not your home club! Free for members, $10 for guests. There will even be a sign up for a special spa bonus!

Friday, Feb. 13
FFC Gold Coast – 5:45 pm
FFC West Loop – 6:15 pm
FFC East Lakeview – 6:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 14
FFC Gold Coast – 11 am
FFC Oak Park – 11:30 am

Sunday, Feb. 15
FFC South Loop – 9 am
FFC Halsted Street – 3 pm

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Prenatal Fitness and Pilates

Prenatal_pilates-pregnancy-fitness-best-chicago-gym-club-studioStaying fit throughout pregnancy and beyond has health benefits not only for mom, but also for baby. Two Certified Prenatal Pilates Trainers from FFC East Lakeview are proud to offer:

  • Prenatal Pilates: Sundays, 11:45 am with Rachel, Pilates coordinator. rsutter@ffc.com
  • Prenatal Boot Camp: Wednesdays, 6pm with Madeleine, personal trainer.  mhart@ffc.com
  • Sign up for 8 sessions: $224 for members, $304 for non-members.

Benefits for mom

  • Staying active and fit in a safe way throughout the duration of pregnancy. Since some modifications need to be made as the pregnancy progresses, as well as after the delivery, it’s most important to Rachel that moms are educated and actively making safe choices through their pre- and postnatal experiences.
  • Keeping moms’ muscles and bodies appropriately balanced, stretched and strong to alleviate some of the aches and pains that come with the major changes happening in pre- and post-natal women’s bodies.
  • Focusing on positions and muscles used during labor and delivery.
  • Another huge benefit of the prenatal group is that it creates a health-focused, non-judgmental community where women can talk freely about what they are going through, share their concerns and ask questions (Rachel says she learns something new in class every week, and her participants do, too!).

Benefits for baby

  • Tend to be leaner – Less body fat, not necessarily smaller
  • Better self-soothers – Less cranky and less likely to have colic
  • Higher general intelligence scores and better oral language skills all the way to age 5
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Pilates Forces Fusion

pilates-fusion-east-lakeview-best-chicago-gym-clubJoin Chicago’s Best Health Club (that’s us!) for a new Pilates boot camp designed to increase your stamina, strength, stability and flexibility!

  • 20 minutes: Pilates on the Equipment
  • 20 minutes: Endurance/Strength Training
  • 10 minutes: Stretch

Wednesdays and Fridays, 6 am. $120 per month once a week, $224 per month twice a week. Contact Justin, hybrid trainer, at jkam@ffc.com and try a complimentary class!

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Member of the Month

member-of-month-all-best-chicago-gym-club-spaCongratulations to Charlie Rice-Minoso, FFC East Lakeview’s Member of the Month! We wanted to know a little more about Charlie, so we asked…

What does membership at FFC mean to you?
A supportive community that supports me and motivates me to achieve my fitness goals.

When at FFC, where can you be found?
In the front row at one of Kelly’s classes or on a treadmill.

What gets you pumped?
David Guetta, Sia, Calvin Harris… anything fast paced with a motivational undertone.

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Everyone’s Training for Something

training-best-chicago-gymEveryone’s training for something, whether it’s your overall health or just being fit enough to catch that darn El. FFC wants to help you get there, and is so confident it can, it offers the Results Guaranteed promise for new and existing members: Try the club or personal training for 30 days, and if you don’t see results, get your money back.

With so many options for fitness and wellness in the Chicagoland area, FFC stands out by being a one-stop shop. Whether you like to work up a sweat or prefer to be pampered, FFC has something for everyone, including staffed registered dietitians, rock climbing walls, unlimited group exercise classes, boxing and martial arts, fully loaded Pilates studios, hot yoga studios, sundecks, steam and sauna rooms, laundry service, a full-service spa, custom airbrush tanning, and one of only two USA Triathlon Certified Training Centers in the Midwest.

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Lose to Win

lose-to-win-weight-loss-challenge-best-chicago-gym-clubIt’s back Jan. 19-Feb. 28!

Includes:

  • A technical shirt
  • Weekly weigh-ins: Attend for entries into a drawing for prizes!
  • One nutrition lecture
  • One strength/cardio workout twice per week
  • 10% discount on fitness services purchased between Jan. 19-25 (after payment of Lose to Win contest is processed)
  • Each club male and female champion will be entered into company-wide raffle for training services!

$49 for members, $99 for non-members. For more information, visit the website.

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Make Your 2015 “Runolution!”

Running-BannerThis new year, resolve to motivate yourself to get outside! While it’s very popular to feel peer pressure to workout indoors at the gym in January as a New Year’s Resolution, try to challenge yourself to run outside more, and reap the benefits of being outdoors! Vitamin D deficiency is a real problem for Chicagoans who frequently deal with commuting in the dark to and from work, rarely seeing the sun during the winter months.

With shortened days, you have to get creative to make the most of your opportunities, so use our tips below to make the most of your winter training!

Committing to a “challenge” is a great way to motivate yourself through the winter, whether it be through an online run-logging competition or an in-person weight loss challenge!

Sign up for a race - Even though the weather is unpredictable, signing up for an outdoor race during the winter can be a fun adventure. If Mother Nature throws a curveball, embrace the winter challenge and simply treat your race as a fun run with no expectations of a finish time. Simply enjoy being outdoors in the middle of the winter (it’s possible, we promise)! Join the FFC RunMonster Running Club at the F3 Lake Half Marathon this January – use our FFC team discount code TRIMONSTER to save $8!

Run with a group – Running with a group is fun and motivating, and breeds accountability to show up! Recruit some friends and you’ll never miss another training session. You can also join FFC’s Running Club, RunMonster for weekly workouts, whether it’s the interval-focused indoor track workouts at FFC Gold Coast every Thursday at 6:30 pm, or the FFC South Loop long runs at 8 am Sundays (followed by the popular BeerMonster Brunch social hours at the Scout Waterhouse). Meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!

Run during lunch – Get outside during the day when temperatures are warmest and sunshine is brightest (we hope). Simply bring your run gear to work and take a lunch break to run outdoors instead of in! Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day alongside FFC’s Running Coaches for a lunchtime Fun Run Monday, Jan. 19 at Daley Park!

Try an Indoor Tri – If getting outdoors is a challenge, consider simply motivating yourself with a different indoor challenge. Don’t know how to swim? Join FFC’s Swim Technique classes or the FFC Indoor Triathlon Training Program and learn to improve your swimming. Then sign up and compete in the FFC Indoor Triathlon & Duathlon Series, the best indoor triathlon in all of Chicagoland! Even if swimming is not your thing, we have new a duathlon (run-bike-run) and team relay divisions this year, so truly anyone can compete to win prizes. Beginners even get their own award divisions! You never know, you might earn an age group medal while discovering a new passion and hobby!

We hope you can enjoy taking advantage of a few of these tips to make the most of your winter.  Staying motivated and consistent is a great way to avoid cabin fever and breeze through your winter months. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a great spring running season!

Blog courtesy of Chris Navin, Head Endurance Coach. Contact Chris with questions or for more information about any of the TriMonster programs at endurance@ffc.com.

This new year, resolve to motivate yourself to get outside! While it’s very popular to feel peer pressure to workout indoors at the gym in January as a New Year’s Resolution, try to challenge yourself to run outside more, and reap the benefits of being outdoors! Vitamin D deficiency is a real problem for Chicagoans who frequently deal with commuting in the dark to and from work, rarely seeing the sun during the winter months.

With shortened days, you have to get creative to make the most of your opportunities, so use our tips below to make the most of your winter training!

Committing to a “challenge” is a great way to motivate yourself through the winter, whether it be through an online run-logging competition or an in-person weight loss challenge!

Sign up for a race - Even though the weather is unpredictable, signing up for an outdoor race during the winter can be a fun adventure. If Mother Nature throws a curveball, embrace the winter challenge and simply treat your race as a fun run with no expectations of a finish time. Simply enjoy being outdoors in the middle of the winter (it’s possible, we promise)! Join the FFC RunMonster Running Club at the F3 Lake Half Marathon this January – use our FFC team discount code TRIMONSTER to save $8!

Run with a group – Running with a group is fun and motivating, and breeds accountability to show up! Recruit some friends and you’ll never miss another training session. You can also join FFC’s Running Club, RunMonster for weekly workouts, whether it’s the interval-focused indoor track workouts at FFC Gold Coast every Thursday at 6:30 pm, or the FFC South Loop long runs at 8 am Sundays (followed by the popular BeerMonster Brunch social hours at the Scout Waterhouse). Meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!

Run during lunch – Get outside during the day when temperatures are warmest and sunshine is brightest (we hope). Simply bring your run gear to work and take a lunch break to run outdoors instead of in! Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day alongside FFC’s Running Coaches for a lunchtime Fun Run Monday, Jan. 19 at Daley Park!

Try an Indoor Tri – If getting outdoors is a challenge, consider simply motivating yourself with a different indoor challenge. Don’t know how to swim? Join FFC’s Swim Technique classes or the FFC Indoor Triathlon Training Program and learn to improve your swimming. Then sign up and compete in the FFC Indoor Triathlon & Duathlon Series, the best indoor triathlon in all of Chicagoland! Even if swimming is not your thing, we have new a duathlon (run-bike-run) and team relay divisions this year, so truly anyone can compete to win prizes. Beginners even get their own award divisions! You never know, you might earn an age group medal while discovering a new passion and hobby!

We hope you can enjoy taking advantage of a few of these tips to make the most of your winter.  Staying motivated and consistent is a great way to avoid cabin fever and breeze through your winter months. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a great spring running season!

Blog courtesy of Chris Navin, Head Endurance Coach. Contact Chris with questions or for more information about any of the TriMonster programs at endurance@ffc.com.

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Calling All Triathletes!

Indoor-Triathlon-best-chicago-gym16th Annual Indoor Triathlon/Duathlon Series

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie who has yet to test the waters, have you ever considered trying an indoor tri? FFC has events spanning four clubs February-March, and a Chicago Championship Final Saturday, April 4. Compete against your friends and fellow athletes to come away as the top individual or team!

If you need help training, we’re here for you. Indoor triathlon-specific training will run January 13-March 7. Attend the informational session Tuesday, Jan. 6 at FFC Lincoln Park, 7:30 pm, visit the website, or contact Coaches Chris and Cassidy at endurance@ffc.com for more information.

National Challenge Competition

Are you a member of USA Triathlon? If not, you can still sign up and join FFC’s team in the National Challenge Competition (NCC)! Get excited to train offseason and log the most miles to win prizes!

  • Log your bike workouts in January and your runs in February
  • Get ranked with athletes in your age group nationwide
  • Win prizes each month and at the end of the competition

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Spin to Break the Cycle 2015

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Join teams and individuals from across the city to come together for a great cause, raising funds for World Sport Chicago, an non-profit organization that teaches positive values and leadership through sport to Chicago’s underserved youth, building stronger, safer communities in Chicago.

Programs that will benefit from this event include:

Nine of your favorite FFC instructors will get your hearts pumping as a live DJ blasts high energy music to keep you inspired on your ride Saturday, April 18 at the House of Blues Chicago! The first workout starts at 8 am, with a new workout every hour through 5 pm. Riders can look forward to massage, pampering and more after you’ve spinned your socks off. And, if you go above your fundraising goals, you could earn exciting rewards like airline certificates, sports tickets or exclusive experiences!

Sign up for your favorite FFC instructor’s team!

  • 8 am: Kandace Kaiser – FFC Union Station
  • 9 am: Bill Bower – FFC Oak Park
  • 10 am: Melissa Gurule – FFC Halsted Street
  • 11 am: Jennifer Dahl – FFC East Lakeview
  • 12 pm: Arthur Reipenhoff – FFC Gold Coast
  • 1 pm: Aaron Foster – FFC South Loop
  • 2 pm: Chris Navin – FFC Lincoln Park
  • 3 pm: David Bohn – FFC West Loop
  • 4 pm: Aaron Foster – FFC Old Town

If you can’t or don’t want to ride, be a supporter as a member of the FFC Crew! The reception will include a complimentary drink, appetizer lounge, spectator lounge, games, prizes and more! FFC raised more than $160,000 last year. Think we can do better than that in 2015?!

For more details, and to join an FFC team or start your own, visit World Sport Chicago.

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Small Changes. Big Rewards

Nutrition-best-chicago-dietitianHave you ever made a New Year’s Resolution to “lose weight,” “get in shape,” or “be healthier,” only to find that, come February, you’ve reverted back to old habits? You’re not alone. In fact, 88% of Americans who set resolutions fail to make them work. There are are number of reasons why this happens – the resolutions are too lofty, we pick too many, we give up when the going gets tough – but it’s not an inevitable fate. Check out our tips below, and make 2015 the last time “getting healthy” is simply your “New Year’s Resolution.”

Include protein in every meal and snack – Protein helps us feel fuller longer, which helps keep hunger pangs at bay, and ultimately may reduce the likelihood of overeating. Not sure how much to have? A good rule of thumb is to make at least a third of each meal and snack a source of lean protein.

Don’t fear fat – “Healthy” fats, like those found in nuts, seeds, avocados and salmon, not only help to prevent belly fat, but they’ve also been shown to raise “good” HDL cholesterol, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, boost brain function, and keep the eyes and skin healthy.

Eat breakfast – While every meal is important, breakfast is arguably the most important because of all of the benefits it incurs. Eating breakfast is incredibly beneficial for weight loss because it helps to reduce hunger throughout the day, thereby preventing overeating. Eating in the a.m. has the added bonus of revving your metabolism back up to speed after being slowed overnight during sleep. Additionally, starting your day with a healthy breakfast has been shown to increase concentration, help stabilize blood sugar, boost energy levels and improve memory.

Shop the perimeter – What do candy, soda, juice, chips, snack cakes and other highly processed foods have in common? Other than being unhealthy, they can all be found in the center of the grocery store. Foods that are perishable – think fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy – are located around the perimeter of the store due to their need for refrigeration. These foods are typically healthier than their “convenience food” counterparts in the middle aisles.

Cut out soda – The average American drinks more than 38 GALLONS of soda per year, which contributes enough calories to cause a weight gain of more than 16 pounds! Cut it out of your diet and you’re well on your way to a healthier body.

Drink more water – What will you drink if you can’t have soda? Water is your best bet. Adequate hydration is one of the best things you can do for you body. It’s necessary for almost all components of proper physiological function, including digestion, waste and toxin removal, nutrient distribution throughout the body, temperature regulation and brain function. The optimal amount varies person to person, but generally speaking is roughly half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day.

Watch your portions – Our perception of proper serving sizes is often skewed by restaurants’ giant portions, or confused by the food industry’s labeling practices. It’s no wonder portion control is challenging for many of us. Next time you’re preparing food, use measuring cups and spoons to dole out servings so you can begin to retrain your brain to eat more appropriate amounts. Still feel like you aren’t eating enough to be satisfied? Try using smaller bowls, plates, and cups, which will make you feel like you’re getting more, even if you aren’t.

Get some sleep – Like breakfast, water and many of the other things mentioned above, sleep is crucial for a healthy body. One of the main reasons adequate sleep is vital from a weight loss perspective is for its ability to regulate appetite. When we get fewer than seven hours of sleep, two important hormones, ghrelin and leptin, are thrown out of balance, resulting in increased hunger and decreased appetite control. In addition, lack of sleep can increase insulin resistance and stress hormone levels, which can also be detrimental to weight loss and overall health.

Blog courtesy of Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. To learn more about FFC’s nutrition services, contact Carrie at clinke@ffc.com.

 

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Winter Group Fitness Schedule

Pound-Best-chicago-group-fitness-class-gym-clubA new season calls for a new schedule, wouldn’t you say? We’re mixing it up with a new winter schedule starting Monday, Jan. 5. You can search by specific club, instructor or even class to find out when and where your favorites will be next. And don’t forget to program all of these into your FFC app so you never miss another opportunity!

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FREE Injury Screenings

8-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyThere are plenty of reasons to see a physical therapist, even if you don’t think you need to. Whether you have a full-blown injury that keeps you out of the gym, or a persistent pain that you’d like to see gone, come to one of the following free screenings, where NovaCare’s expert staff will tell you what’s what.

FFC East Lakeview: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5-7 pm
FFC Halsted Street: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 5-7 pm
FFC Lincoln Park: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7-9 am
FFC Oak Park: Monday, Jan. 12, 5-7 pm
FFC South Loop: Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 am – 12 pm
FFC Union Station: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 12-2 pm
FFC West Loop: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8 pm

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New Staff

New-best-personal-training-chicago-gym-clubWelcome Nathan Spring, our newest personal trainer! Nathan hails from Georgia, where he attended the University of Georgia for Theatre. As an FFC member, he worked with a personal trainer before he even knew he wanted to become one, and kept working alongside his trainer while studying for his NASM certification.

Nathan’s background is almost entirely in martial arts. He studied fencing and gymnastics as a child, and for the past two-and-a-half years has been studying Chinese wushu (Kung Fu). Learning wushu was what really ignited his passion for fitness.

A self-proclaimed superhero nerd, Nathan tries to incorporate that into his training. Everyone should to try out the Superhero-themed workouts at FFC East Lakeview! Nathan’s goal is to become superhuman, and to pass his powers on to others. The two parts of his job that he loves the most are meeting and learning about new people, and helping people to learn new abilities/reach new levels of strength.

Also, he can vibrate my eyes, which, let’s face it,  is kind of a superpower on its own.

To set up your complimentary 30-minute consultation with Nathan, contact him at nspring@ffc.com.

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Indoor Cycling Chicago Time Trial Cup Series

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Fitness Formula Clubs and TriMonster Triathlon Training introduces The Chicago Time Trial Cup, open to any and all avid cyclists! This three-event winter indoor cycling race series* will feature time trials of various distances and courses. Sign up for one, or sign up for all three for the chance to become the overall series champion!  All you need to do is bring you, your bike**, and your personal best!
*All events will be held at the FFC Lincoln Park Endurance Training Center.
**You must bring your own bike to each event. Renting a space at FFC Lincoln Park is $25/month for members and $50/month for non-members.

Choose from one or all of the following events*:

Sunday, Jan. 25 - Draft-legal 20 km Road Race: Men’s and women’s heats of eight will race in “drafting mode” to mimic the benefits of drafting in an outdoor race.

Sunday, Feb. 8 - 2-person TimeTrial: Grab a partner for a short-distance race against the clock. Both teammates must cross the finish line. The second finisher’s time is the team’s time. No partner? No problem, we’ll find you one.

Sunday, March 8 - Individual 20 km Time Trial: Ride fast, friends!
*Participants will sign up for waves throughout the day of each event. Anticipate at least 1.5-2 hours per race. Parking will be validated for up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly. Avoid parking fees by leveraging free nearby street parking. $40 per event.

For questions or to sign up, contact Coach Dan Dziubski at ddziubski@ffc.com.

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FormuLife Rx

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Fitness Formula Clubs is proud to announce FormuLife Rx, The HealthyCare® Lifestyle Prescription! This comprehensive multidisciplinary behavior modification program is designed specifically for the medical community to support efforts in treating obesity and unhealthy patient populations. The program is facilitated by a team of nutrition and fitness experts, and incorporates a technology platform to journal progress, track results and create multiple sources of engagement.

We don’t doubt each of us has a loved one who has been affected by obesity and is searching for answers. Until now, the medical community has been ill-equipped to provide long-term solutions for patients who suffer from diseases linked to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes are just some of the ailments that we know can be greatly improved through proper diet and exercise.

FFC is committed to changing lives and we are asking for your help! Contact Medical Services Director Bob Nagy for more information or questions at bnagy@ffc.com.

 

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Keep on Giving

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Now through Wednesday, Dec. 24, purchase $100 in FFC Gift Cards and receive a $25 bonus gift card*! Gift Cards are good toward any FFC product or service, but may not be applied to FFC membership dues. Purchase your gift card at your club or online.
*Maximum 3 bonus cards per person. Restrictions apply.

 

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Year of Wellness

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November kicked off our Third Annual Year of Wellness (YOW) Contest! New entries will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 15 at ffc.com/year-of-wellness, then voting will open through the end of the month. Nominate yourself, a friend, a coworker or a loved one to win one year’s worth of health and wellness, complete with personal training, Pilates training, nutrition consulting, massages, Ortanic tans and more! This year’s prize package, with additional goods and services from our sponsors, is valued at more than $15,000. Non-members welcome!

FFC’s first YOW winner, Quinetta Taylor, entered the contest after already starting her journey to weight loss. As someone suffering from chronic kidney disease, she was too overweight to be eligible for the Illinois state transplant list. At the end of her year, she had lost 120 pounds, and was placed on the list. She approaches fitness and nutrition with vigor, and is a champion for organ transplant education. Her kidney should be coming any day.

Last year’s winner, Dawn LaFleur, was nominated by her daughter after losing 100 pounds through nutrition alone. Now she understands the benefits of fitness for a well-balanced approach to overall health and well-being. Dawn and Quinetta have become friends and can often be found working out together.

To enter, visit ffc.com/year-of-wellness now through Dec. 15 to submit your story and tell everyone why you (or your someone else) deserve a year’s worth of wellness. On Monday Dec. 15, all eligible nominees will be posted, and you can begin collecting votes by sharing your story. Tell everyone you know to vote for you or your nominated friend. The top five most voted-for entrants will then go on to be decided upon by our panel of judges, our sponsors. The 2015 Year of Wellness winner will be announced in early January. Good Luck!

 

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Healthy Holiday Rewind

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“Detox” the Right Way

It’s the Monday morning after Thanksgiving. After the holiday weekend of a few (okay, A LOT) of overindulgences, you are feeling bloated and sluggish. You are contemplating a detox…

While nutrition is all the rage, detox cleanses are far from rage-worthy. Drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks without lifting a finger! Really? Do you want to feel hungry, irritable and moody? I doubt it! Your body needs to avoid these extremes!

Sure, detox diets may sound promising due to the copious amounts of produce they require to ingest. However, they lack the essentials your body needs to function at its full capability.

FFC friends, we challenge you to “detox” the right way. Incorporate one (or all!) of the foods listed below into your well-balanced meal regimen to help you recover from that ‘White Castle’ stuffing and 3rd slice of pumpkin pie.

Besides tasting downright delicious, here’s what these unique superfoods have to offer:

Organic Kale: This “queen of greens” is your best friend after a weekend of overindulgences.

  •      Meet nature’s cleanser. Kale is loaded with sulfophanes, which help bind to toxins and amp up your body’s natural detox power.
  •      While detoxes leave you feeling drained, greens do the contrary! Two cups of kale provide 10% of your daily energy-enhancing iron needs, and 14% of your daily magnesium needs. This perfect pairing provides you with a calm vivacity to help you get through your day with ease.
  •      BONUS: As if you needed more reason to get your green on, dark leafy green veggies boost that memory of yours, so you’ll be able to recall how you felt after last weekend’s indulgences and make better food choices at your next Holiday feast!

Organic Quinoa: This super-seed contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein!

  •      While detox diets cause you to feel famished 24/7, this super-seed increases your feeling of fullness. High-quality protein is slow to digest, controlling that ravenous appetite of yours!
  •      BONUS: Protein has a high thermic effect. Simply put, thermic effect is the amount of calories burned while digesting food. WAIT. We burn calories just by eating? Yes, we do. Burn, baby, burn!

Organic Sweet Potato: One medium sweet potato provides 27% of your daily potassium needs.

  •      That sodium-laden green bean casserole may have seemed harmless at the moment, but you are certainly paying with lethargic bloat now.  Thankfully, potassium-rich foods help to balance sodium levels in your body and reduce all of that water retention. Buh-bye bloat!

Organic Asparagus: This crunchy, slightly sweet herb provides 67% of your daily mood-boosting folate needs.

  •      Detox diets leave you grouchy, whereas these green spears leave you in a cheerful, upbeat mood!

Organic Pineapple: This sweet, tropical fruit is a dual dose of dietary dynamite.

  •      While those holiday treats were nutritionally void, this fruit (nature’s candy!)  provides you with nutrients needed to recoup. Pineapple allows you to get the most out of your food. Here’s why: it contains a unique enzyme called bromelain, which improves digestion. Proper digestion will lead to proper absorption of the nutrients in the superfoods you eat, leaving you feeling amazing!
  •      Feeling puffy? Luckily, this juicy gem decreases bloating due to its 85% water content. De-puff that gut with this natural diuretic.
  •      BONUS: High water content foods may help you naturally avoid hundreds of calories per meal. Effortless weight loss, baby!

Organic Raspberries: These red rubies contain 9 grams of berry-licious fiber per cup.

  •      Did your Thanksgiving dinner cause you to go over your allotted calories? Most likely. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume more than 4,500 calories on turkey day. Turn to fiber and wrap your brain around this concept… for every gram of fiber we consume, we eliminate 7 calories. Mind blowing!
  •      Point to Ponder: By savoring 1 cup of raspberries, which contains 9 grams of fiber, you effortlessly eliminate 63 calories. One cup a day for seven days a week equates to 441 calories eliminated. Potential weight loss without even trying?! Count us in!

Organic Beans: These underrated superfoods are one of the most concentrated food sources of the mighty mineral molybdenum.

  •     Guzzle one too many Hard Cider Sangrias? Bean there, done that. Luckily, molybdenum activates the detoxifying enzyme needed to metabolize those adult beverages and get them out of your system!

Organic, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: This superfood elixir satisfies and stabilizes.

  •      While a detox leaves you voracious, vinegar promotes satiety. Friends, we let our bellies do the talking around here! When they are content, so are we.
  •      Detox cleanses often lead to instant blood sugar spikes and crashes, leaving you craving more hours later, whereas vinegar is proven to stabilize that blood sugar. Stabilized blood sugar steadies mood, energy levels and controls cravings. Triple threat!

Blog courtesy of Fitness Formula Clubs Registered Dietitian Jessica Dogert RD, LDN, CPT. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com.

 

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Holiday Spa Specials

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Book an appointment to try our FFC Signature Massage today! Seventy five minutes of expert therapeutic relaxation that includes scalp and facial massage, and a customized treatment that will take away all of your aches, pains and cares. This is a one-of-a-kind spa service that you can’t experience anywhere else! Special price: $100 during December only!*
*See spa desk for details. Not valid with other offers. Spa packages are non-transferable.
Special pricing ends 12/31/14

Holiday Spa Gift Suggestions*  

    • Santa’s Little Helper: 30-minute massage AND facial – $125
    • Winter’s Dream: 60-minute massage AND facial – $175

*BONUS: Get a FREE $25 gift card when you spend $100!

Purchase any skin or massage package and get 20% off of an item from our body or skincare collection.*
*Offer valid on day of purchase only. Not valid with other offers. See spa desk for details.

Check out this month’s Spa Blog, courtesy of Regional Spa and Retail Director Lisa Ellis.

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Running News

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Here are some tips to keep you running strong through the cold winter months in Chiberia!

Stay Motivated
Set a goal or challenge with friends. Writing down a goal or using online tools to track your runs and progress are great ways to stay motivated. Or try the new FFC Winter Run Challenge (details below)!

Embrace The Darkness
Truth be told, there’s less daylight in wintertime. Leaving the office at 4:30 pm and going out for an after work run can be slightly depressing! Take into consideration that the sun starts to come out anywhere between 6:30-6:45 am. Running in the afternoon might be a better option, if that’s an option. If, however, your only free time is in the evening, then take advantage of well lit streets that are frequented by others, to help void bad footing or ice.

Get the Right Gear
Do not wear cotton. It kills an athletic performance by soaking up your sweat and keeping you cold! Reward yourself for your dedication by purchasing some nice new winter running gear, you serve it. A high quality wool base layer, wind resistant tights, gloves and a high performance winter running jacket are must-have tools to keep you running all winter long. You’ll also benefit from added motivation to make use of and enjoy your new gear!

Consider using the Runner’s World Weather Gear Tool to help you remember what type of gear to wear based on the weather conditions! If you are a part of the Winter RunMonster challenge and complete your 100 miles in 100 days, you receive a free RunMonster beanie!

VO2 Max Test
The human body is like a furnace. You can stay warm in almost any conditions, as long as you’re working hard enough. But how long can you maintain the necessary level of activity? Take advantage of the 100 Mile Challenge’s free free VO2 Max Test. Knowing your VO2 Max, you will be able to stay out in the cold conditions for longer (and often wearing less) than the rest of us.

Take it Inside
If the roads are covered with ice, it’s better to work out inside, rather than take the risk of hurting yourself with a nasty spill. Running on a treadmill instead has many advantages. Not only is it wise to make the move inside to prevent injuries, it can also aid in more effective recovery. Training in extreme elements takes a lot more out of you and delays recovery time. Other forms of activity that are equal to helping you stay in shape include the elliptical, stair machine, or you could even “run” in deep water for the same amount of time that you would be spending running free. These are great ways to keep up your level of training without an injury.

Find Stable Footing
Look for snow that has been packed down – it will provide better traction. Fresh powder snow might be hiding ice patches! Wearing the proper footwear, or even adding spikes, is a good option, especially if you’re hitting up icy hills. You might also want to stay on a road that’s been frequented by other runners so the snow is good and packed.

Buddy System
Exercising with a friend is a great way to keep you from blowing off a workout. If someone is relying on you to show up, it may be your incentive to get out there and brave the rough conditions. Running with a regularly planned group on weekends keeps you upbeat and motivated by something to look forward to, not to mention you are safer in numbers. Winter RunMonsters gather for brunch to refuel after every 8 am Sunday long run. We hope to see you there!

Blog courtesy of Coaches Chris and Cassidy. Contact them at endurance@ffc.com with questions or to sign up for one of the following programs.

 

Winter RunMonster
Getting motivated to run outside in subarctic temperatures can be tough… but not with friends by your side! Sign up for the 18-week winter training program, starting Monday, Dec. 1, geared to get you ready for spring’s destination races, including the Los Angeles Marathon March 15.

You will participate in weekly indoor interval track workouts at FFC Gold Coast, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, and weekly outdoor long runs meeting at FFC South Loop, Sundays, 8 am. In addition to these two weekly runs, one weekly HIIT class at FFC Lincoln Park’s Performance Training Center is included. Those who sign up can also look forward to nutritional sessions with our registered dietitians, select race discounts and an FFC winter cap.

100 Days. 100 Miles*
Take the winter running challenge and and win great prizes! Increased running frequency can improve your performance, not to mention your mood, in the dreary winter months. Whether you run on your own, or as a member of FFC’s RunMonster or TriMonster Endurance groups, sign up, log your miles and earn incentives to keep you motivated! From 100 miles to 100 runs in 105 (close enough) days, hit the pavement (or treadmill) and watch your fitness increase as the pounds do the opposite! The challenge begins Monday, Dec. 1.
*100 Days 100 Miles is a subset challenge of the Winter RunMonster program. You can participate in both, or just one, for your winter training. Email Coaches Chris or Cassidy at endurance@ffc.com for more information

 

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Holiday Hours

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From all of us at FFC to all of you, thank you for such an amazing year! We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Have a safe, fun, warm holiday season!

Wednesday, Dec. 24
All clubs close at 5 pm

Thursday, Dec. 25
Oak Park: 7 am – 1 pm
East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, South Loop, West Loop: 8 am – 2 pm
Old Town, Union Station: Closed

Friday, Dec. 26
All clubs open at 6 am

Wednesday, Dec. 31
All clubs close at 7 pm

And a Happy New Year!

Thursday, Jan. 1
East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, South Loop, West Loop:    7 am – 3 pm
Old Town, Union Station: Closed

Friday, Jan. 2
East Lakeview, Halsted Street, Oak Park, South Loop, West Loop: Open at 4:30 am
Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Union Station: Open at 5 am

 

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FREE Injury Screenings

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There are plenty of reasons to see a physical therapist, even if you don’t think you need to. Whether you have a full-blown injury that keeps you out of the gym, or a persistent pain that you’d like to see gone, come to one of the following free screenings, where NovaCare’s expert staff will tell you what’s what.

Thursday, Dec. 4 – FFC Oak Park: 5:30-7 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 9 – FFC West Loop: 5:30-7 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 17 – FFC Lincoln Park: 8-9:30 am
Wednesday, Dec. 17 – FFC Old Town: 5:30-7 pm
Thursday, Dec. 18 – FFC Halsted Street: 5:30-7 pm
Monday, Dec. 22 – FFC East Lakeview: 5:30-7 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 30 – FFC Union Station: 11:30 am – 1 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 30 – FFC South Loop: 5:30-7 pm

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Your Baby Body

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Learn what you need to know about fitness and nutrition before, during and after your pregnancy for optimal health from prenatal certified experts including Madeleine Hart, personal trainer and mom, Rachel Sutter, Pilates instructor, and Carla Schmitz, Registered Dietitian. This seminar will offer tips and advice, as well as cover all of FFC East Lakeview’s offerings for pre- and post-natal athletes. Saturday, Dec. 6 12:30 pm. Contact Madeleine with questions and to sign up at mhart@ffc.com.

 

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Fitness Career Open House

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Are you looking for a career in Fitness? We would like to invite you to stop in and learn more about working with us! FFC Union Station is hosting a Fitness Career Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4-8 pm.

Fitness Formula Clubs has nine locations throughout Chicago and Oak Park, and will be opening a 10th club in Park Ridge next fall. We also manage four clubs. With more than 1,000 employees (and growing!), FFC is great place to start or continue your career!

Our Fitness teams will be conducting interviews, meet and greets, and tours of the club that evening. It will be a great way to get your foot in the door! Please invite fitness industry family and friends to come along. This event is open to anyone interested in becoming a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor or Fitness Specialist. If you’re not certified, don’t worry, we have programs for that.

To apply for our openings, please visit www.ffc.com/careers. For more information, contact resume@ffc.com.